Past Exhibitions 2011

15th Annual Student, Faculty, Staff & Alumni Exhibition
with Featured Community Artist: John Lannon

February 4 – March 4, 2011

SFS&A promo card

This year marked a record number of submissions for the annual Student, Faculty, Staff & Alumni Exhibition. In addition, CBU Art Gallery welcomed works from Featured Community Artist John Lannon.

W.L. Seaton: Changing Tack

March 11 – May 20, 2011
Opening reception: March 11, 2011 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Artist’s talk: March 11, 2011 at 6:30 pm


W.L. Seaton, Lashings, Mixed media on blackboard, 2009.

Winston Leonard Seaton is an artist currently residing in Mahone Bay, NS.  A graduate of the Vancouver School of Art in the early 1960s at the height of lyrical abstract painting in Canada, Seaton’s painting career has ranged from traditional landscape paintings to works in encaustic.

This exhibition presents the most recent collection of paintings by the artist.  As the title implies, these works demonstrate the artist’s latest and most drastic shift in style. Using unconventional media such as caulking, drywall paste, and commercial paint Seaton’s new paintings teeter in the balance between figurative painting and abstraction.

It’s Natural…

April 19- May 20, 2011
Opening Reception: April 19, 7:00 – 8:30 pm


This exhibition brings together artwork produced by ten senior high school art students from the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board. Students from Glace Bay High School, Holy Angels High School, and Riverview High School are represented in this insightful collection of artwork.

These students have been asked to respond to the phrase “it’s natural”. Ideas about nature and what is natural are fluid concepts that have been used with a variety of connotations throughout the history of our society. The works of these young artists present an intriguing set of ideas, ranging from healthy skepticism to bold, joyful optimism.

Where are the Children?
Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools


June 2 – September 16, 2011
Private Reception: June 1, 2011 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Public Opening: June 2, 2011 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

children sitting in a field

Where are the Children? was developed by the Legacy of Hope Foundation, and has been touring across the country since 2002.
Legacy of Hope is part of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, whose mission is to provide resources to promote reconciliation and encourage support of Aboriginal peoples in their communities.
The exhibition of archival photos and documents was curated by renowned Iroquois artist and curator Jeff Thomas.

Do I Make You Nervous?

September 23 – November 18, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday September 23 5:00 – 7:00 pm

red, green, and black colored poster

This fall, the Cape Breton University Art Gallery presents Do I Make You Nervous?

Do I Make You Nervous? brings together selections from the CBU Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection, encouraging audiences to examine their attitudes and reactions to works of art organized around three themes: Sexuality & The Body, Violence & War and Abstraction.

This uniquely interactive exhibition puts viewers into the position of the curator, introducing them to writings by art scholars, critics and artists, and allowing them to select and share the textual components that they feel are the most appropriate for the works of art on view.

David Diviney: Head for the Hills

November 25, 2011 – January 20, 2012
Opening Reception & Artist’s Talk
Friday November 25, 2011  6:00 pm -8:30 pm

wood, white writing

David Diviney, Decoy 1997, Collection of the AGNS, Photo by Steve Farmer

This touring exhibition, curated by Peter Dykhuis and circulated by Dalhousie University Art Gallery, consists of assemblages and installations by artist and curator David Diviney. From the Appalachian foothills of Pennsylvania, Diviney is an artist whose practice is rooted in rural culture.

In this exhibition, the artist uses the materials of rural culture (woolen socks, galvanized metal buckets, rubber boots) and the aesthetic language of modernist sculpture to explore notions of nature/culture, and rural/urban.

Greg Davies

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Catherine Arseneau
Director, Cultural Resources

Office: CE-271-A

Phone: 902.563.1326